Our Cities Not For Speculation!

Cities across Europe are crumbling and being remade into the vision of our elite. Banks and private finance are making profit from buildings in all scenarios, whether because they are old, or because they are new. This ‘regeneration’ keeps money in an area, and people out of it. The state tends to pour money into the housing of upper middle classes and promotes a view of housing as investment. This model is hopelessly unsustainable, but the financial sector is about short-term gain.... Our vision is of a different city – not just a city before neoliberalism, but one that has defeated it. We know and experience that powerful communities create true democracy, and cities that work for the people. Some of us come from these communities, and some of us strive for them, but all of us share a vision of empowered inhabitants as both a means and an end in the fight for the right to housing and to the city. We build concrete alternatives while also demanding state engagement for dignified and accessible housing. Empowerment comes from acting together and feeling our collective strength. This is why throughout October many groups from the European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City will be taking action against speculation. This speculation causes evictions, displacement, and denies people their right to decent affordable housing. We assert these rights, we block evictions, and now we will go on the offensive. Actions are taking place in Spain, France, Belgium, UK, Italy, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece and perhaps more. We are also taking action in solidarity with struggles around the world, as part of the October: Month of Housing Action agreed recently. As evictions increase and the weather gets colder, financial speculation in the housing market is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people living in Europe, and tens of thousands of people trying to get to Europe to find a safe secure home. We know what we want for our cities, it’s not up for speculation. Join us in October, and let’s show the financial sector their control is not as strong as they think. This jorney of actions is included in a global mobilization for right to housing, city, land and habitat, because a very strong processes is going on for privatization and exclusion of inhabitants of the planet. #EuropeNot4Sale, #OurCities #StopEvictions #StopDesahucios

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